Construction Worker in Custody Following “Accidental” Shooting That Killed Fellow Employee at Work Site

MIAMI, FL— November 22, 2011 – A construction employee was pronounced dead after he reportedly sustaining a gunshot wound at a Miami work site on the morning of Nov. 21, according to information provided by NBC Miami and WSVN. While the fatal shooting appeared to be accidental in nature, officials from the Miami Police Department have since taken the construction worker who was holding the gun at the time into custody.

Police reports seemed to suggest a group of unidentified construction employees were looking at and passing around a firearm when it discharged a bullet, consequently striking one of them. Although paramedics rushed the injured worker to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital following the construction site shooting, his injuries ultimately proved fatal at the medical center. Officials have yet to release the shooting victim’s identity.

After speaking with the employees who were present at the time of the Miami shooting, detectives took into custody the worker who somehow “accidentally” pulled the trigger. That man, who remains unidentified, appears to be facing charges in connection with the deadly incident. The construction site where the fatality occurred is apparently situated in the 700 block of Northeast 85th Street.

According to Detective Willie Moreno of the Miami Police Department, “This individual produced a firearm in a playful manner, according to what we have up to now, and this firearm did discharge… Now, he struck another co-worker who is the one that has been pronounced dead.” Investigations into the fatal Miami shooting are underway.

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